Posted in Democracy Wade Rathke

Is the military the last stronghold of US institutional values?

by Wade Rathke January 02, 2022 New Orleans    We have an extended family WhatsApp group, as many families have. These things are a hodgepodge of advice and, usually, good will, attempts at humor, sports talk,…

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Steven Carrillo is charged with murdering a Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff and a security officer guarding Oakland’s federal courthouse. Credit: (FRONTLINE)
Posted in Analysis Right Wing Militias

“I felt hate more than anything”: how an active duty airman tried to start a Civil War

The Effort to Overturn the Election Steven Carrillo’s path to the Boogaloo Bois shows the hate group is far more organized and dangerous than previously known. by Gisela Pérez de Acha, Kathryn Hurd and Ellie Lightfoot,…

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Raytheon Technologies is the world's fourth-largest seller of weapons. (Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Posted in Economy News US Military War

Saying ‘peace not going to break out… anytime soon,’ Raytheon CEO sees ‘solid growth’ in Middle East

The head of the world’s fourth-biggest arms maker showed no concern that the Saudis can’t buy his bombs—for now. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 Sixty years to the month after President Dwight…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams News Restart 2020 Safety Net Unemployment

GOP under fire for slipping $30 billion pentagon gift into Coronavirus bill

“F-35s Don’t Help Families Pay Their Bills”  “Just how twisted is the Senate GOP coronavirus bill you ask? It includes $686 million for new F-35 fighter jets.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 In…

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Posted in Civil Rights Common Dreams Democracy News US Military

“When They Say We Don’t Have the Right to Protest,” Says Naomi Klein, “That’s the Moment to Flood the Streets”

As Trump declares “law and order” clampdown against peaceful demonstrations, author and activist reminds people of most important lesson she’s learned studying history of shock doctrine tactics. by Jon Queally, staff writer Thursday, June 4 Amid…

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Posted in Abuse of power Common Dreams News US Military While we were looking elsewhere

Trump Condemned as Busloads of US Soldiers Arrive in Nation’s capital: ‘What authoritarianism looks like’

“The numbers of U.S. military security forces in D.C. right now is just ridiculous. This is pure intimidation. Trump is very afraid. The longer we stay in the streets, the more frightened he gets.”   by…

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Posted in Abuse of power Common Dreams Military News

After Trump’s authoritarian ‘law and order’ speech, military helicopters descend low over DC to intimidate protesters

Dancers of Death “Unleashing state violence against peaceful American demonstrators and journalists to create a photo-op is a violation of the president’s oath to defend the Constitution.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, June 2 Hours…

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Predator drone like the one reportedly flown over Minneapolis. (Image: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)
Posted in Abuse of power News

US Border Patrol denounced for using predator drone to spy on Minneapolis protests

This is a “Rogue Agency”  “This is what happens when leaders sign blank check after blank check to militarize police, CBP, etc while letting violence go unchecked.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Friday, May 29 Civil…

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Captain Brett Crozier, USN
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Military Pro Publica US Navy

It’s hardly shocking the Navy fired a commander for warning of coronavirus threat. It’s part of a pattern.

In dismissing the commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy once again punished the messenger, a frontline leader brave enough to tell the unvarnished truth to superiors about a threat to his sailors. by T….

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Military Wade Rathke

Lessons in Leadership: Captain Courageous vs. President Mr. Me

Pearl River     It’s not every day when the United States and any of the world that bothers to look gets such a stark lesson in leadership than what we have seen recently, both in what it…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care News Pro Publica Public Policy US Military US Navy

After discovering a sailor with coronavirus, the U.S. Navy crowded dozens Into one room

On the USS Boxer, where the Navy discovered its first case of coronavirus on a ship, a sailor says his superiors called a meeting that crammed more than 80 senior enlisted sailors and officers together. by…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing Military Wade Rathke War

There’s no Duck-and-Cover with automated warfare

Kansas City      I can still remember my third grade teacher walking us through the duck-and-cover exercise and announcing as we prepared to march to the corner single file that she would be standing on the…

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Posted in Corporate Influence Labor Public Policy

Trump revokes bargaining for Federal workers and civilian unions. Cites “emergency”

  By Meteor Staff Feb 21, 2020 President Donald Trump has officially granted the Department of Defense the legal authority to abolish the collective bargaining rights of its civilian labor unions representing some 750,000 workers. Gutting…

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Posted in Off the wire War

‘We were right’

They experienced the war in Afghanistan on the ground. Here’s what they had to say. Jay O’Brien, 41, Army infantryman, Kandahar province, 2013.  By Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn, Alex Horton, Meryl Kornfield, Jenn Abelson and Ted Muldoon Published…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Wade Rathke

Drones are Scary

New Orleans    For their Scorpio birthdays, mi companera and mi hija both got robots.  They aren’t really robots in the “Star Wars” sense.  The name of this thing though is Shark-Ion Robot, although the generic name…

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